Ali Samoudi

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Interview with Ali Samoudi Translated by T. L. <start>

The situation in Jenin is quite terrible. During Israel's occupation, Jenin has been destroyed on many fronts. The destruction has been economic, social, intellectual, structural, environmental and humanitarian. The Israeli occupation, during the past three years, hasn't done a fraction of the damage going back to 1967 ... no, it's the opposite. During the past three years, the politics of destruction have been more prevalent – more ugly – than the thirty years preceding them; they have been more prevalent and ugly in attacking Palestinians. Israel has practiced all manner of inhumanity and terrorism, pressuring and squeezing the Palestinian people to the extent where the situation in Jenin can only be described as <muthil>.

Jenin is a county with 64 towns and villages, and three refugee camps. Each part is cut off from the rest, and it is now divided into cantons. Somebody in the city of Jenin cannot go to Yamoun <sp?> or Birqeen <sp?>, even though they are extremely close. Here, Israel is using a policy of closures and siege, which has turned Jenin into a closed prison.

Jenin depends – for its lifeblood and the income of its residents – on a few different things: work inside Israel, agriculture, trade, and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.

We can immediately dismiss work within Israel – it was closed at the beginning of the Intifada. Coupled with the closures and sieges, Palestinians are forbidden from working in Israel. As for agriculture, Israel has used the majority of the lands as a vessel for targeting and assassinating Palestinians via the confiscation of lands: confiscation for colonization; confiscation for security reasons; and confiscation to build the separation wall. What is left is closed off. The owners of the land can't get to it; Farmers can't farm their land. As such, the agriculture has been destroyed. The ability to labour [work?] has been destroyed. Trade – Jenin depends primarily for its trade and economic well-being on